• Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
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With more than 20 million annual visitors, the Shrine of Guadalupe in Mexico City is one of the top Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world. On this 4-hour tour, an informative guide takes you to the shrine’s two basilicas, where you’ll see a cloak with an image of the Lady Virgin on display. Climb nearby Tepeyac Hill, where it is said the Lady appeared, and hear more about the events that led to the construction of the shrine. Transport from central Mexico City is included.

Highlights

  • 4-hour tour of the Shrine of Guadalupe, also known as the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Enter the original Spanish-colonial-style basilica built in 1709 and the new basilica built in 1976
  • Learn about the miracle of the Virgin of Guadalupe and its role in Mexican culture from an expert guide
  • Walk up Tepeyac Hill, the site of the miracle
  • Visit a museum housing 17th-century religious art
  • Round-trip transport from a central location in Mexico City included

What You Can Expect

Shrine of Guadalupe Tour in Mexico City

Shrine of Guadalupe Tour

It is said that a manifestation of the Lady Virgin appeared to a peasant man on top of Tepeyac Hill in 1531. This led to the miraculous imprinting of her image on the man’s tilma, or cloak, and then the shrine being constructed in her honor — what is now called the Shrine of Guadalupe, located in the northern reaches of Mexico City. With more than 20 million annual visitors, the shrine is one of the most visited Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world.


Your 4-hour tour begins with meeting your guide at a central location in Mexico City. Climb aboard a comfortable vehicle that takes you to the shrine, formally known as the Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe.


Upon arrival, admire the different architecture of the shrine’s two basilicas. At Basílica Antigua (Old Basilica), built in 1709, discover Spanish colonial architecture with Moorish influence. The miraculous tilma, along with devotional paintings, are on display inside. Then visit the New Basilica, completed in 1976, designed with a circular floor plan that gives you a view of the Virgin from any spot inside the church.

Observe pilgrims stream into the main aisle — for some of the older visitors you see, this is a once-in-a-lifetime journey. Learn about the importance of the Virgin in Mexican culture both as a religious and cultural symbol. 



Next, head up Tepeyac Hill, where the miraculous events all began. Then, explore the museum behind the Old Basilica containing 4,000 pieces of 17th-century religious art.

Wrap up your visit with some free time to attend mass or stroll about the area on your own. Your tour ends with transport back to the departure point in Mexico City.

Customer Reviews

Carlos H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

We very much enjoyed our tour of the Shrine of Guadalupe! Gabriel, our tour guide, was very informative and was very patient while we asked him several questions about the Virgen and the miracle that occurred at the site. We checked out the chapels, the old Basilica and new the Basilica. We were grateful that the tour was not cancelled, even though my wife and I were the only ones that booked the tour. Highly recommend the tour!

Charles G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

We had a great time at the shrine. Anthony was a very helpful guide, and did a great job of accommodating folks with different needs and interests.

francine z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Tour guide was great!

Jose E E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Luckily it's only me and my wife! guide is awesome! even gave us a chance to attend Sunday mass!

Christopher H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Our tour guide was quite knowledgeable and personable. I was a bit hesitant about going on this tour due to being an atheist but the beauty and history of the shrine can be appreciated regardless of the beliefs you hold. take the tour!

John F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great tour for the faithful pilgrim as well as the culturally curious traveler. Well worth the visit. Great guide.

Donald L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

My tour guide was friendly, well informed, flexible, and spoke English very well. He certainly made my Spanish more passable. Muchos Gracias!

Theresa K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I had no idea that the sight is really a campus... there are multiple churches, chapels, sights. I wouls not have otherwise known what to make of it all without the tour. The basilica nuevo is an amazingly prayerful place, as is the burial place of Juan Diego. Can't wait to go back.

Mary D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

We had a wonderful tour with Lourdes. There was only one other person on the tour and so it was really like a private tour.

francisfiori

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Sandy was a great tour guide, she was very friendly, wish we had more time.

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